Kirklees Council making progress with plans for Dewsbury Arcade

Dewsbury Arcade

Plans for the restoration of Dewsbury Arcade have been submitted for planning permission.

What are the plans? 

When we first bought the arcade from private owners in May 2020, it had stood empty for five years.  A combination of council investment, the Getting Building Fund and the Town Fund Programme will allow a full refurbishment for 15 small shops, four large end units and seven first-floor studios.

All original features of the arcade, which is a listed building, will be preserved. The work will bring the structure back to good condition for accommodating different tenants, improve accessibility and lighting, and enhance the beauty of the end units and entryways.

The aim is to fill the arcade with independent, craft-oriented retailers alongside high quality cafés and bars.

The restoration of the arcade is a key part of the ambitious Dewsbury Blueprint plans that are focussed on bringing more activity into the town centre, making it more attractive, and improving accessibility.  The development of the arcade will benefit the town, sparking new interest whilst complementing existing businesses like Dewsbury Market, which will also be reinvigorated through the Blueprint work.

In line with encouraging community involvement in regeneration and economic prosperity, we are exploring the possibility of leasing the arcade to a local community business, the Arcade Group.  The Arcade Group are organising a ‘summer gathering’ on 14th August, between 1pm and 4pm in Dewsbury Market, to explain the project and get local people involved.

Since we stepped in to rescue the arcade, which had fallen into a state of disrepair, work has already been completed to help take care of the building and address immediate damp and rot issues.  Construction work on the exciting new developments should start in Spring 2022, with a proposed opening date in early 2023.

Councillor Eric Firth, Cabinet Member for Town Centres, said:

“Dewsbury Arcade is an iconic building in the town centre. The purchase of the building was one of our first major steps in making our Dewsbury Blueprint vision a reality.

Bringing the arcade back to life will be a big part of putting Dewsbury firmly on the map as one of Yorkshire’s premier destination towns.  I believe this project will be a catalyst for change, and a springboard to the town’s future.

There are lots of exciting changes coming over the next ten years for Dewsbury, creating a bright future for the town centre by bringing in more business and making it a better place to live, visit and work. The restoration and repurposing of this beautiful building will lead the way.”

Interested in renting or getting involved? 

For details about renting or getting involved in the community business, contact Chris Hill (chris.hill@kirklees.gov.uk)